A long-awaited second phase of a mixed-use development near the Chesterfield-Powhatan line is moving forward, with a Tennessee-based builder lined up to construct its apartments.
Site work is underway for the final phase of Winterfield Place, a development by Midlothian-based Riverton Associates straddling Winterfield Road at its intersection with Huguenot Trail and Robious Road.
Riverton, led by developer Casey Sowers, has been planning a mixed development of 200 apartments, 22 detached houses and up to 75,000 square feet of commercial space within about half of the 50-acre site on the west side of Winterfield Road, completing the project that started years ago with the Winterfield Place shopping center across the street.
The second phase received zoning approval in 2016, but activity at the site only started in recent months, following a widening of Huguenot Trail between Winterfield Road and the nearby Route 288 interchange. Amendments to proffers tied to the project were approved in 2018, but the project overall has remained largely unchanged.
More recently, a site plan for the apartments has been submitted to Powhatan County and is under review, following the purchase last fall of that portion of the project by Bristol Development Group, a Tennessee-based firm whose other local projects have included the 301-unit Canopy at Ginter Park apartments and the 373-unit Bristol at West Creek.
Bristol Development purchased the 8-acre portion of the project in September for $4 million, Powhatan property records show. The latest county assessment valued the tract at $1.23 million.
$40M apartment project
Called “Artistry at Winterfield,” the one- and two-bedroom units will have similar finishes to Canopy at Ginter Park, said Lisa Gunderson, Bristol’s vice president of asset management. Poole & Poole Architecture, which shares an office building with Riverton in Winterfield Place shopping center, is designing the apartments. Construction firm Katerra is the contractor.
Gunderson said the units should be ready for residents in about 20 months after breaking ground at the end of last year. She said rental rates have yet to be set and would be determined closer to opening. She put the project cost at about $40 million.
Riverton’s plans for the apartments call for market-rate rents “at the highest end of the market,” with high ceilings, walk-in closets, high-end finishes, garages, porches and patios. Community amenities are to include a pool, clubhouse, fitness center, trails, a pet park, and an outdoor kitchen and fireplaces.
Plans show a total of eight apartment buildings three stories in height, along with a detached clubhouse building. The apartments would fill the midsection of the site, with commercial buildings closer to the intersection and existing wetlands separating the detached houses to the west near Independence Golf Course.
Eagle Construction of VA has built the 22 detached “golf villa” homes, which form an extension of Founders Creek Court in the adjacent Founders Bridge neighborhood. Property records show Eagle sold all of the roughly quarter-acre lots in 2018 and 2019, at prices ranging from about $528,000 to $860,700. The homes were to be annexed into the Founders Bridge homeowners’ association.
Buildings similar to shopping center
The commercial area would continue in the likeness of the shopping center across the street, with six larger buildings ranging from 7,000 to 15,000 square feet in size, along with smaller buildings earmarked on plans for a car wash, convenience store, bank and retail. The commercial buildings likewise would be restricted to three stories in height.
Other uses mentioned in plans include restaurants, and medical and veterinary offices. Commonwealth Commercial’s Jim McVey and Joe Buhrman are marketing the commercial space for lease.
Riverton retains ownership of that 4-acre section, which it bought in 2004 for just over $608,000. A recent county assessment valued the two parcels that make up the section at $1.04 million combined. Riverton also owns a 15-acre parcel that makes up the bulk of the wetlands to be preserved. It purchased that property in 2000 for $800,000; the county assessed it at $1.21 million.
Poole & Poole likewise is designing the commercial buildings, and Riverton also is working with Balzer & Associates, which is handling engineering for phase two. Townes Site Engineering drafted conceptual plans.
A timeline for the commercial section is not clear. Attempts to reach Sowers for comment were unsuccessful.
Powhatan Planning Director Andrew Pompei said the second phase has been held up in part due to utilities plan reviews by both Powhatan and Chesterfield County. He said the plan is among issues remaining to be resolved for the full project to move forward, bringing what he noted would be the first development of its kind in the largely rural county.
“It’ll be one of our first mixed-use projects here in Powhatan County,” Pompei said. “I think it will demonstrate some of the quality, design and architecture that the community wants to see in terms of incorporating materials and design that reflects the area’s rural character.”
Note: This story has been updated with a newer site plan for phase two and to mention apartments contractor Katerra and engineering firm Balzer & Associates’ involvement in the project.